Belfour best in Cup run

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

Mike Keane has been around long enough to be an authority on goalies, but he wasn't about to be pulled into any sort of debate as to who is the best one to ever strap on the pads.

The subject has been a hot topic around water coolers this week as Carman product Ed Belfour moved into second spot on the all-time wins list (447) with Winnipegger Terry Sawchuk.

Patrick Roy tops the list with 551 victories. Belfour will attempt to move past Sawchuk tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the San Jose Sharks.

"They're from different eras, obviously. You can't do it (compare them)," said Keane, now the captain of the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League.

What is it that's made Belfour so successful?

"Eddie has a great attitude and shows great professionalism towards the game," said Keane. "He's a competitor, he's prepared and he works hard. That's gone a long way. Eddie is arguably a Hall of Famer, he's one of the top 10 goalies of all-time. Not bad for a guy who wasn't drafted."

WASN'T DRAFTED

Keane, who himself wasn't drafted but managed to carve out an outstanding career, says Belfour was at his best during the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup run in 1999.

"He was awesome, just awesome. Just like a goalie has to be," said Keane, who also won a pair of Stanley Cups with Roy in Montreal (1993) and Colorado (1996). "All the good goalies have that confidence."

NIGHT OFF: Forward Josh Green and goalie Rob McVicar were re-assigned to the Moose yesterday, but neither dressed for last night's game.

Green, who scored goals with the Canucks on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche and Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers, earned the day off after playing six games in seven games.

McVicar, meanwhile, made his NHL debut against the Oilers -- albeit a brief one.

The Brandon product replaced Alex Auld late in the third period and played two minutes and 44 seconds before was pulled in favour of the extra attacker. He didn't have to make any saves.

VISOR ON: After getting his second scare of the season, Moose forward Jason Jaffray is thinking of wearing a visor permanently.

Jaffray required two stitches above his eye and three underneath his eye and had his eye scratched after taking a stick in the face from Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Dan Smith.

"My parents are in town right now, so for the past two days I've been hearing it from my wife and my mom -- they're not happy with me not wearing a visor," said Jaffray, who took a puck under the eye during practice earlier this season. "When I went down, I knew I was cut but I tried to open my eye and I couldn't see anything because all of the blood was in my eye. The first thing I thought was 'I better be able to see again.' It was a little bit of a scare and it's given me a kick in the butt. I think I'll be wearing one full-time now."


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